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Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery LLC

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The red wine you've been waiting for, 2014 Grande Riserva, now available for purchasegrr
Grande Riserva, as the name implies, represents the utmost and very best efforts of all that we do from the vineyard to the winery. In making this limited quantity wine, we used the finest and oldest Montepulciano, Petit Verdot and Sagrantino grapes, harvested at optimal ripeness and then triple sorted to create a decadent, powerful wine with a focused expression of Raffaldini Vineyards. We applied the Appassimento drying process to further concentrate the grapes' natural flavors and aromas. Finally, we placed the grapes in oak fermenters to further deepen the profile and age the wine in the best oak barrels available.

Less than 75 cases of this wine are available at $55 per bottle. Purchase limits are one case per person for wine club members and six bottles per person for the general public.

Purchase 2014 Grande Riserva


 


FEBRUARY EVENTS
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Sales of Raffaldini Vineyards' Pino Vino I - VIII helped benefit all animals in need through donations to local animal rescue agencies. If you have a rescue dog that you would like to be considered for the Pino Vino IX label, send us a photo and back story in 50 words or less between February 1-April 25. An independent panel of judges will narrow down the entries and then vote on a winner. The winning dog will then go on to represent all animals in need as the new Pino Vino ambassador featured on the label of our Pino Vino IX red wine.

Click here to see the Pino Vino rescue kennel of champions.

The winner will be revealed on the labels of Pino Vino IX at a grand unveiling ceremony on June 17, 2017. Make plans now to send us your living rescue dog photo through April 25. 
 

afternoon-with-the-winemakeAfternoon with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 4 | Sessions held at: 1pm & 3pm | $20 General Admission, $15 Wine Club, per person includes a glass of Raffaldini wine

Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini and Assistant Winemaker Katy Kidd welcome you as they guide a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery from harvest to bottle. Enjoy this exclusive opportunity to tour the winery at Raffaldini Vineyards as we prepare to bottle our most popular new releases. You will learn how we craft our award-winning wines, as well as go step-by-step through the winemaking process. $20 per person or $15 per person for Wine Club Members includes a glass of wine of your choice. This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation. *Cancelations with a full refund are accepted up to 7 days prior to the event. If you cancel less than seven days prior to the event, you will receive a full refund only if your reservation is re-booked.

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Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 1pm Wine Club

Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm General Admission
Afternoon with the Winemaker - 3pm Wine Club

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For the Love of Chocolate...and Wine!
Saturday, February 11 | 12pm-5pm | Sunday, February 12 | 1pm-5pm| Free Admission

Raffaldini Vineyards and the Vineyards of Swan Creek celebrate Valentine's Day as each vineyard pairs one of their wines with a Valentine's Day sweet! At Raffaldini Vineyards, enjoy a complimentary sample of our famous Sangiovese-wine infused chocolate brownie paired with a tasting of an award-winning Raffaldini wine. A delicious way to start off your romantic weekend! This event is for those age 21 and over. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information.


 
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Amore! The Language of Love
Sunday, February 12 |  1pm & 3pm | Free Admission, RSVPs Requested

Please visit Raffaldini Vineyards for this year's Amore workshop. Nada's Italy Tours of Charlotte, NC will introduce us to the Italian culture and essential tips on Italian customs that you need to know when traveling to Italy. Each workshop will be a one-hour session held on the second floor of Villa Raffaldini at 1pm and 3pm. Admission is free, but please RSVP as space is limited. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 1pm

RSVP Now - Amore! The Language of Love - 3pm

 

827539-250Sat. Feb 18 - NC Fine Wines Competition Gala Dinner | Millenium Center Winston-Salem, NC | Click for Tickets
The unveiling of the North Carolina Fine Wines competition winners is only one portion of this celebration of North Carolina Fine Wines.  This will be an event to remember with fine wines and a six course dinner paired with outstanding wines from across the state. Wineries and wine lovers will learn the top 12 wines which will make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case. We're partnering with both the The Kimpton Hotel and The Graylyn Estate, both unique hotels in Winston-Salem. The boutique Kimpton Hotel is a block away from the Millennium Center, while The Graylyn Estate is an historic residence only 3 miles from downtown. Book your room online here with the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel or call the The Graylyn Estate (800) 472-9596 and mention the North Carolina Fine Wines Society Room Rate for February 17th & 18th, 2017.  


 
31732050601_c2ff55c310_bBarrel Tasting with the Winemaker
Saturday, February 25 |  1pm - 3pm | $25 per person

Enjoy an exclusive opportunity to sample wines from our cellar straight out of the barel with Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini. This intimate, wine-focused event is limited to the first 36 Wine Club Members to RSVP. Be among the first to sample our exciting new vintages! Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.526.1078 or email us for more information or to make a reservation.

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weddingsmast4NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Umstead Hotel and Spa | Cary, NC
Tuesday, February 28


In January 2017, a panel of seven Advanced Sommeliers and one Master of Wine will have judged over 125 wines from vineyards in North Carolina. The top 12 wines from this competition make up the 2017 NC Fine Wines Case.

Join us at The Umstead Hotel and Spa on Tuesday February 28th from 5:30 - 7:30 to taste the best wines accompanied by succulent hors d'oeuvres. The winning vineyards will be there pouring you their award winning wines as well as sharing their story of what makes their wines so great.

This is a great educational opportunity for wine lovers to increase their knowledge of the quality of North Carolina wines and interact directly with the owners and winemakers that made them. What better way to spend a Tuesday night in February than sharing a Fine Wine in such a great location. Tickets are limited and will sell out quickly. Optionally, the Umstead Hotel & Spa would love for you to continue your evening in their restaurant and spend the night in their Forbes 5 Star-rated hotel.

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Spring 2017 Wine Club Pickup Weekend
Friday, March 3, Saturday, March 4,  Sunday, March 5 | 12pm-4pm | TR Hours: Fri. & Sat. 11am-5pm - Sun. 12pm-5pm

Don't miss the first opportunity to pick up your all-new Spring Wine Club package! Enjoy a complimentary food and wine tasting featuring one of the new Wine Club releases paired with a recipe from your wine club Package. On Saturday, join Owner and Winemaker Jay Raffaldini for unique look into this new vintage at one of our 30 minute personal discussion at 1pm and 3pm. Exclusive wine club tastings and pairings will be held from 12pm-4pm on all three days. Tasting room hours are: Friday, 11am-5pm; Saturday, 11am-5pm; and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. Stop by the tasting room, visit our web site, call 336.835.9463 or email us for more information on how to sign up for the wine club.

Sign up for La Famiglia Raffaldini Wine Club

 
In the Community:

Raffaldini Wines Served at the Heart of the Community Truffle Dinner to Benefit The Children's Law Center of Central NC
Thursday, February 9 | 6pm-10pm

Raffaldini Vineyards will provide wines for a one-of-a kind dinner featuring locally-grown truffles. Sample our wines along with delicious dishes prepared by local favorites Chef Harrison Littel of The Honey Pot and Five Loaves Catering with Chef Richard Miller bringing you the best in truffle dishes and wines along with live music all for a great cause, The Children's Law Center of Central North Carolina.

Mark Your Calendars!

Sat. Mar 11 - Special Collaboration wine release featuring Raffaldini Vineyards and JOLO Winery
Tue. Mar 14 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Duke Mansion | Charlotte, NC
Sat. Mar 18 - Barrel Tasting with the Winemaker Wine Club Only
Tue. Mar 28 - NC Fine Wines Showcase Event - at the Omni Grove Park Inn | Charlotte, NC

 

Raffaldini Vineyards is open year-round and there’s something for everyone on our full 2017 Events Calendar
 
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La Famiglia Raffaldini

Raffaldini Vineyards & Winery, LLC

Double Gold Medal 95 pts. 2012 Montepulciano Riserva | 2015 San Francisco International Wine Competition

450 Groce Rd

Ronda, NC 28670

tel.336.835.9463

fax. 336.835.9330

          www.raffaldini.com



Hours: Weekdays & Saturday: 11am-5pm, Sunday: 12pm-5pm, Tuesday: closed

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Please have photo ID available to present to our staff. Pets are not permitted on the premises. Picnics are welcome at our designated picnic areas; however, outside picnics and coolers are not permitted at the Villa. Only alcohol purchased at Raffaldini may be consumed on the premises. To insure the highest quality experience for all our visitors, we are unable to accommodate groups of eight or more for wine tasting without a reservation. Groups of eight or more need to reserve a private tasting package that will be held with an expert Raffaldini staff member. Please call 336.526.1078 or email us to check availability or make reservations for you group.

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July 19, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Sign Up For Our Fall Wine Club


Fall Wine Club Pickup

Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5

Join us at Villa Raffaldini as we release the Fall Wine Club Package featuring our highly anticipated new traditional method sparkling wine, “Auguri." Owner Jay Raffaldini will be on site Saturday, August 4th talking about the wines. 

The new wines will be available for tasting and purchase all weekend. Stop by and enjoy a sample of the new wines with a food pairing. 
Gianno’s brick oven pizza will be on site all weekend. Sunday will feature live music from Samuel Taylor.
Our Fall 2018 Wine Club Includes:
 
2017 Auguri - 1 bottle
We are thrilled to offer our very first traditional sparkling wine made in true Prosecco style. Early harvest Vermentino, Sangiovese, and other white grapes are skillfully combined in a high acid style with a crisp, clean finish. The wine enjoys a secondary fermentation in bottle to give a creamy, bubbly texture. 

2017 Girasole - 1 bottle
You will love this delicious "summer red" that boasts flavors of honeysuckle and fresh sliced pear. A bright rush of acidity carries citrus notes and melon flavors to a beautiful raspberry finish. 
 
2016 SPQR - 2 bottles
This rustic, Tuscan-style red is made with Sangiovese and delivers fresh strawberry aromas with notes of rhubarb and baking spice. A perfect red for late summer grilling or cellar it until winter and pair with a savory, slow cooked Italian meal. 
 
Our flagship red will impress you with its bold, complex fruit flavors followed up by a savory palate of leather and spices. This smooth, rich wine will whisk you away to Italy with its opulent mouthfeel and ripe tannins. 
 
Wine Club Tiers

We have re-purposed our Classico Tasting Pass to the Classico Tasting Club for those members looking for a little bit less of a commitment. Below are the two tiers of our wine club available for purchase.


Classico Club:

  • 6 bottles, 2 times a year
  • 5% off 6 bottles of more
  • 1 free tasting per visit (or glass of wine)
  • Invite to Wine Club Appreciation Day
  • Classico Club Membership Card
  • No substitutions
Classico Club

Superiore Club:

  • 12 bottles, 2 times a year
  • Raffaldini picks 6, Customer picks 6
  • 5% off 6 bottles, 10% off 12 bottles, 15% off 24 bottles
  • 2 free tastings per visit (or glass of wine)
  • Discounted tickets on select events
  • Invite to Wine Club Appreciation Day
  • Superiore Club Membership Card

 

Superiore Club
 
 
 
 

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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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July 11, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

All About Botti

Our new arrivals are finally here. We are moving away from smaller oak barrels to the more traditional large casks called "botti" in Italian. Each of these giant botti are the equivalent of eleven of the smaller barrels and hold about 275 cases. Unlike smaller barrels which have a life of five years, these botti can last well over fifty. We are moving to do this as the quality of our grapes continues to evolve and get more complex and we don't want to mask it in strong oak. We have three now and expect add another four next year and more thereafter. We are incredibly excited to move forward by going back into history. 

Raffaldini has recently acquired several botti, or large oak wine casks, from Gamba, the foremost manufacturer of botti outside of Turin, Italy. Even though the factory currently utilizes the most modern technology, the Piedmontese cask construction method has not changed over time: meticulous wood selection, all-natural seasoning, and a curvature running the entire length of the staves. Meaning that they have the same thickness and the heads and at the height of the faucet hole.

This increases the casks strength over time and allows for the renewal of the inner surface by shavings the wood without reducing the stability of the stave. The bottom of the cask is concave in order to make them as resistant as possible from the Iiquid they will contain. The heads are curved in two directions to support the pressure created when full without the use of cross boards.

Gamba makes its products exclusively from oak and specifically the Quercus genus, which consists of no less than three hundred species. But a qualified cooper uses only three of them: Quercus Pendunculata, Quercus Sessilis and Quercus Alba (American White Oak). Quercus Pendunculata and Sessilis can both be found in the same forests in France. 

The Quercus Alba species can be found in many regions throughout North America though we mainly source our American White Oak from forest in Northern Iowa, Western Illinois or Minnesota. The accelerated use of Quercus Alba over the last few years is largely due to a better understanding of seasoning and advancement in toasting techniques.

In addition to the origin of the wood, another important factor is the soil; where this variety of oak grows. Exposure to the sun, wind and rain affects its texture and ultimately its grain, as well as its aromas.

Time Posted: Jul 11, 2018 at 7:02 AM
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July 2, 2018 | Raffaldini Vineyards

Raffaldini July Newsletter

 
New Entrance Sign

The new entrance sign is made of a seamless continuous piece of Tennessee field stone that weighs 7.5 tons in total. Jay Raffaldini personally sourced it from a quarry as it needed to exactly fit the style, shape and color that he desired. The family name Raffaldini was sandblasted over four days and the rock is so hard it took over ¼ ton of sand. Jay wanted a work of art by the entrance gate, and with the completion of the paving of Groce Road in August, the grand new sweeping entrance to the vineyard will be complete. 
 
 
Beyond The Vines...Into the Community
Raffaldini Vineyards is proud of its continued support of the musical performing arts.




Pino Vino X Release! Thanks to everyone who attended our release.

Thank you to Dr. Ruth Gillis, the animal shelters, and all of you for helping us celebrate this milestone Pino Vino release. Animals in need were adopted at the event and we were able to raise money in support of local animal shelters. You, too, can help us support local animal shelters by purchasing bottles of Pino Vino. While this release marks the end of our Pino Vino campaign, our love and support for animals is unceasing. Look for future wine releases from Raffaldini as we will branch out to bring awareness to our many other passions. 

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A Special Thanks to our Shelters who Attended

Ashe Humane Society

The Ashe County Humane Society promotes the welfare of companion animals in the community through programs and strategies aimed at improving responsible pet ownership and reducing the pet population. 

Humane Society of Davie County

The Humane Society of Davie County's mission is to prevent cruelty and suffering among dogs and cats through rescue, adoption and education. 

Piedmont Animal Rescue

Piedmont Animal Rescue exists to Rescue, Rehabilitate, and Rehome as many lost and unwanted pets in the piedmont of North Carolina.

Surry Animal Rescue

Surry Animal Rescue is a NC certified non-profit volunteer organization that rescues animals from abandonment, abuse, neglect, and euthanasia by providing medical care and foster home placement until loving, permanent homes can be found.
 
Wednesday, July 4 - Independence Day: Music in the Vineyards

Enjoy your Independence Day with an afternoon of music at Raffaldini Vineyards! Purchase a refreshing glass of wine from our award-winning selection to pair with offerings from our deli case. Enjoy live music from Shelley Ruffin & Soul Revival on the Piazza overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. Celebrate summer with an eclectic mix of music and make a day of it.

 

 
Sunday, July 15 - Euro Car Show

Nothing epitomizes grace and style better than European automobiles. Join Raffaldini Vineyards for our European Car Show and view timeless classics of European style surrounding Villa Raffaldini.

Enjoy live music from guitarist Samuel Taylor and juicy, slow-roasted Italian-style pork from Porchetta food truck of Raleigh. Admission is free. 

 
 
Friday, August 3 - Sunday, August 5 - Fall Wine Club Pickup

Join us for a wine club celebration featuring new wines, food pairings and more. Taste our brand new releases along with a special food pairing. Enjoy live music from guitarist Samuel Taylor, and hot, brick oven pizza made fresh from Gianno's of High Point.  

Stay tuned for more wine club details. 

 
 
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Vine to Wine

Friday, September 7

Work side-by-side with Owner Jay Raffaldini and the rest of our winemaking team as we harvest our 2018 vintage! We are offering oenophiles the chance to participate in every step of the grape harvest from vine to bottle. This is your chance to learn about the grape varietals, harvesting and the wine-making process at Raffaldini Vineyards. You will also have a taste analysis of wines that are currently in production and enjoy an exclusive harvest dinner featuring our award-winning wines paired with traditional Italian fare. This event will be led by Owner Jay Raffaldini, the Winemakers, and the Vineyard Manager and will give you complete access to the behind the scenes process of wine production. Due to the intimate nature of this event, there are only twenty spaces for this unique experience.

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13th Annual Festa Italiana

Saturday, September 15


This day-long event is a celebration of Italian culture, food, art, music, and of course, wine. Tickets on admission day are $20 per person and include parking, admission to the festival, commemorative Festa Italiana wine glass, and either a tasting of three Raffaldini Wines or a glass of wine. Discounted pre-sale general admission is now available along with a select number of VIP tables. Be a part of this unique celebration of culture, music, arts, food and of course, wine! 

General Admission

Festa VIP Experience

 

 
Music Dates

Shelley Ruffin + Soul Revival, Acoustic Blues/Soul
Wednesday, July 4

Justin Nelson, Solo Piano
Sunday, July 8

Colin Allured, Acoustic Guitar
Sunday, July 22

Susanna McFarlane, Multi Instrumentalist
Sunday, July 29



Food Truck Dates

Gianno's Brick Oven Pizza
Saturday, July 7
Sunday, July 8
Saturday, July 21


Porchetta Italian Roasted Pork
Saturday, July 14
Sunday, July 15

 
 
 
 
Looking for the perfect venue for your upcoming event? Raffaldini Vineyards is currently booking for the 2018 season and beyond.

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450 Groce Road, Ronda, NC 28670

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Time Posted: Jul 2, 2018 at 11:34 AM

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